LaGene Ross Sims passed away January 23, 2022 in South Jordan, Utah of Coronavirus. She was born in Vernal, UT June 7, 1949 to Val Gene Ross and LaWanna Manwaring Ross. She and her mother lived the first 18 months of her life with her grandparents while her father finished his mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints in Canada. She lived in Utah until she was 7 years old when her family then moved to Washington. She graduated from Redmond High School in 1967 then attended Weber State College where she met Rodney Wayne Sims at the Institute of Religion. They were married on December 13, 1968 in the Salt Lake Temple. They first lived in Ogden for 5 months then in Holladay for 5 months. They moved to West Valley City where they lived for 10 years. They have since owned their home in South Jordan from March 1979 until the present. She served in numerous church callings throughout her life and her favorite callings included: Young Women’s President and Branch Specialist at Pheasant Run Alzheimer’s Unit. She enjoyed working as a school crossing guard in early 1980’s from which she transferred to be a teacher’s aide at Monte Vista Elementary to assist her son – Paul. She continued there until 1991. She then transferred to Jordan Resource Center (JRC, later called River’s Edge) where she worked as a para-educator teaching sewing, cooking, jewelry making, etc. until June 2013 when she retired. She was a wonderful cook and crafter. She is lovingly survived by her husband of 53 years: Rod, her devoted children: Rodney Wayne Sims II (Jennifer), Paul Uruma Judd (Jessica), Crista Sharlynn Yancey (Will), her loving grandchildren (her whole world): Corbin, Jaden, Cymmone, Rodney Wayne III, Jaxon, Madison, Jaden, Jordan, and her wonderful siblings: Val Duane (Ruth), Ann (Eric), Glade (Laura), Richard (Jane), and Sharee (Jim).

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Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Church Building
1988 West 11400 South
South Jordan, UT 84095

Funeral Service

Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Church Building
1988 West 11400 South
South Jordan, UT 84095

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Post Date

Jan 24, 2022

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Genie is a wonderful, loving & special lady!! She will be missed. We love all of you and are keeping you in our prayers.

Mike & Laurie Bellows Feb 19, 2022

Dear rod and family. I am so sorry to hear about your lost. It was our pleasure to have been in the same ward for a few years. You are wonderful


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Andrea turpin , So. Jordan, UT, US Feb 18, 2022

To Rod & the rest of Genie's family and friends, my sincere condolences. we have lost a good one. I worked with Genie at JRC & RES for a number of years. The things that come to mind are: how willing she was to help out, she was reliable, honest, and kind, willing to learn and teach and true to her beliefs, but also willing to put up with a "wild bunch" of coworkers. I have many fond memories of working with Genie and know she will be sorely missed by Rod and her family and friends. Take care of each other.

Deb Dolph , SLC, UT, US Jan 29, 2022

Sending my condolences to you and your family!

Tina Marshall , Hampton , GA, US Jan 29, 2022

I will miss her, it is true that I didn't see her often, but when we did see each other she always treated me as if no time had passed and with love and caring.

Love and miss you all,

Your cousin,

Teresa Liebhardt

Teresa Liebhardt , Vernal , UT, US Jan 29, 2022

We will miss Genie so much. I can make pie crusts because if her patience and skills. We wanted to be there today to pay tribute to her and to your family, but due Covid we were not able too. you have been our neighbors and friends for 44 years and have blessed our lives and the lives if our children and even several grandchildren as you served your callings faithfully. Genie you were definitely a bright spit in our lives, we will miss you.

Kent and Jill Ludlow Jan 29, 2022

Rod I am so sorry to hear about your wife. It sounds like she was an amazing, loving person. May your memories together help you through this difficult time.

Your friend from long ago,

Colleen Buehner

Colleen Rasmussen Buehner , Draper, UT, US Jan 29, 2022

A kinder, sweeter, fun loving soul left us to go and brighten Heaven. Our friendship was a deep connection to my heart. Trips became adventures as we talked about everything from the mundane to the spiritual. Loving Genie was as easy as taking another breath. I love you.

Sue Phillips Jan 29, 2022

Such sad news. Geneie was to me a wonderful, caring, and compassionate example of a Morman woman, wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, and friend. I have many joyful memories of working with her and Rod at JRC.

Susan Spalding , Deland, FL, US Jan 26, 2022

Aunt Genie, words cannot express how sad we were to hear the news of your passing. You were such a kind and gentle soul. We will always remember the Memorial Day barbecues at your house and how you always made them so special.

We love you and your sweet family and oh how you will be missed.

Doug & Connie Sims Jan 26, 2022

Aunt LaGene, you'll be missed. Thank you for your kind and gentle manner with your grand neices and nephews. I remember you making jewelry with my daughters when we visited and you patently working with them as they created their treasures. A small thing, but a reminder that life is just a series of connections with others... I'm glad they were able to connect with you! Thank you for sharing yourself with all of us!

Jeff & Mindy Sims , Eagle Mountain, UT, US Jan 26, 2022

I didn't know you very long... but you were so kind and welcoming towards me. For the few days I knew you, it felt like forever. You made it feel like you were my own grandma. You were so kind, rest well Gram Gram.

Libby Bailey , South Jordan, UT, US Jan 25, 2022

Your character and spirit resonates in your beautiful daughter. Job well done! Family, lean not on your own understanding, ask God to help ease the pain. We are praying for the family! RIL.

Eric and Tara Pinkins , McDonough, GA, US Jan 24, 2022

Grandma, you were so nice and loving and amazing and you will forever be remembered

I love you grandma and i miss you so much

Rodney wayne sims III Jan 24, 2022

We will always remember you LaGene. Fun loving and so delightful to be around. And generous toward all of us. You'll be missed. Our best wishes to the family. Love you Rod.

Lynnette and Charles Shipp , San Pedro, CA, US Jan 24, 2022